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ANALYSIS: Obasanjo’s Long Silence

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Nigeria News takes a look at the long silence of former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the outcome of the presidential election.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has not commented on the conduct and outcome of the presidential and National Assembly elections.

The revered and controversial African leader has also refused to write any letter, an exercise that has since become his identity in the recenttime.

The February 23 election had since produced a winner. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced four days after the polls that the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari won the election with over 15 million votes, closely followed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who polled over 11 million votes.

Foreign leaders have been congratulating Buhari while emissaries have been sent by some consulates in Nigeria to felicitate with Mr President.

The foreign and local observers rated INEC 80 per cent in the election that many supporters of the PDP described as fraudulent.

The Nigeria Peace Committee led by former Head of Interim Government, Retd Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar has visited Buhari and Atiku to appeal to their supporters on how to live in peace after the election.

Prior to the polls, this committee ensured that the candidates of the political parties signed peace accord.

However, Atiku has lamented that he regretted signing the peace accord, judging by the alleged electoral fraud committed by the ruling APC.

He vowed to challenge the results in court as he had refused to congratulate the winner, just as his former boss, Obasanjo has kept mute over the results.

Nigerians are expecting Obasanjo’s bombshell. After all, the former Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida has advised Atiku to move closer and form a coalition government with Buhari instead of heading to court.

A Lagos lawyer and former President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba also advised Atiku to drop the idea of election tribunal but seek a better way to help ameliorate the suffering of Nigerians with the present government.

As announced by INEC, the supplementary presidential election will be held simultaneously with the governorship elections in the troubled areas observed by the commission during the February 23 polls.

Over 1 million votes will be contested for in these areas, including Okota in Lagos, parts of Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Bayelsa States.

Even if PDP wins all the votes, it is not enough for the party to change or shake the table, considering about 3.9 million which APC is leading with.

Now that international and local observers have described the polls as fair, Nigerians may also wanthear from Obasanjo who had earlier accused the ruling government and INEC of a plot to rig the election.

Though, he was never queried by the government or INEC to give evidence over the allegation, the PDP and its supporters; members of the public and the whole world will be glad to hear from Obasanjo.

Besides, the former president’s advise may go a long way in making Atiku to change his mind on whether to go to court or drop the idea.

As it stands, Atiku is heading to court, Obasanjo is keeping quiet.

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